Quick hits

They say brevity is the soul of wit.

Jacques Martin answered two – count ’em, two – questions at his press conference.

Then he joined his players, scooting to the airport to catch their charter flight to Buffalo … with two points to declare at Customs.

In assessing an “interesting” game in which his team relinquished a four-goal lead, Martin talked about “the new NHL.”

“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing or what night you’re playing,” Martin added. Funny things happen.

The coach sounded a bit wistful.

He may be nostalgic for the old NHL. But Martin has to be happy with his overtime hero, P.K. Subban – a player whose ebullient style threatens to drag the league – kicking, screaming and clinging to its Teeder Kennedy autograph – into the 21st century.

P.K. is having a good time playing professional hockey. He’s the darling of the Bell Centre, and the dramatic goal just added to a legend in the making.

But behind the flamboyance that annoys Don Cherry and all the other Orange Ontario spinster aunts that run the league and dominate TV coverage, there is one helluva hockey player.

Subban played 27-plus minutes – more than anyone on the Canadiens, more than anyone on the Flames, including Jay Bouwmeester, who’s making a lot more money than the rookie sensation.

In addition to scoring the winner, P.K. had an assist, two blocked shots, logged an astounding 6:17 on the penalty-kill (as did his partner, Hal Gill) … and gave the puck away three times.

But that’s the new NHL: cough it up, suck it up and you don’t have to wait long for a chance at redemption.


Credit the Flames for a gutty effort.

As Martin pointed out, Calgary began its road trip by erasing a 5-2 deficit in Carolina (only to lose in OT). 

Perhaps it was the fear of Brent Sutter running a bag skate immediately after the game, but the Flames never quit and kept pressing. And they got a boost from some fine stops by Henrik Karlsson, who had come on in relief of Mikka Kiprusoff.

Alex Auld was solid as his teammates built a 4-0 lead, then surrendered four goals on seven shots. The backup goaltender’s rebound control was not strong, but the Canadiens didn’t give him much help.

Once Jarome Iginla got their second goal (originally credited to Bouwmeester), you just knew the Flames had seized momentum and were going to make the third period tough for the Canadiens.

Had the home team lost after blowing a 4-0 lead, the city would be in mourning tomorrow morning.

As it is, two points lifted the Canadiens past the Rangers into sixth place.

And if I were a betting man, I’d say Carey Price gets the start in Buffalo.

More tomorrow.


  1. HabsFan1987 says:

    I have thought about this for a while ever since it came out that they may be shopping him,the problem is that Calagary may want to hold us hostage to get him because they havent exactly had the best trades in the past few years. They would probably want at least a 1st round pick + a very good prospect+ a current player on are roster and thats too high a price for me but you never know i may be wrong and a 2nd round pick might get him

  2. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    The Rogers Sportsnet (NON-HD) broadcast that I was forced to watch on Center Ice here in the US mentioned that Cammalleri had dinner with Conroy and Iginla prior to the game, his former teammates. I’m hoping Conboy was left at the table while Cammy convinced Iginla during a bathroom break to request a trade to Montréal if the Habs won. He can take the opposite wing spot.

    This is somewhat tongue in cheek, but anyway I don’t know who is expendable to trade for him, was thinking Kostitsyn and some draft picks and prospects, but every time I start to hate that Belarusian Bull, he pulls these little streaks out of his rear end… frustrating as hell!

    Oh, and back to that Sportsnet issue… Can RDS please start offering HD broadcasts on their site again? PLEASE? I get about 4 RDS feeds a year here in the US when we play crap teams who don’t televise all the games, and while I hear plenty of complaints from you guys to the north, its much better than watching a road broadcast EVERY GAME, apparently even when it’s on TSN and CBC.

  3. Thenumber11 says:

    I was watching the RSN broadcast, and while the HD wasn’t an issue due to the format I watched in…

    The commentary was decent at least. Found them to be pretty fair in the game analysis and what have you. Always makes it easier. I cry when we play boston and I have to watch NESN.

  4. kempie says:

    P.K. Subban – a player whose ebullient style threatens to drag the league – kicking, screaming and clinging to its Teeder Kennedy autograph – into the 21st century.”

    Boone, that is gold. An excellent, and very funny, assessment of how ridiculous and antiquated this league is. When guys like Richards and Cherry, in fact the entire CBC clownshow, get their panties in a bunch over PK’s lack of respect or whatever their bloody problem is, it shows how much the NHL values its gray, bland, no funny business image. On one hand, it pisses me off to listen to the crap about Subban. But the other side of the coin is how satisfying it will be to watch these dorks eat mung when PK blossoms into the dominant NHL player he is on track to become.

  5. Mr.Hazard says:

    I agree entirely.

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    They might only be available at the Habs Zone store in the Bell Centre. That’s where they said to get them at the game. I find NHL.com doesn’t have even close to the same selection as that store.

  7. avatar_58 says:

    Hey totally random question of the night – see those sweet heritage toques they were wearing pre-game?



    Well anyway I wanted to order one but I notice the version on shop.nhl.com isn’t the same style. The stripes look different and it isn’t nearly as bright white. Is this because the players have a different not-for-sale version? If so that kinda sucks.

    I ordered one anyway because it still looks nice, but I like their design better

  8. Mr.Hazard says:

    Yeah, we had some in the store. They sold like demons.

  9. andrewberkshire says:

    Fun game to be at the Bell Centre for, even if it was incredibly frustrating in the second half.

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh well! Next time you’re in Montreal I guess.

  11. avatar_58 says:

    Ah….so out of my hands anyway as I don’t live there. Oh well

  12. RGM says:

    Call them via the number on the Habs’ official website. That’s what I did waaaay back in November 2003. I had my Heritage Classic touque delivered within a week and it was a huge hit.

    Go Habs Go!

  13. VancouverHab says:

    So, Mr. Boone, just to clear, you are accusing Don Cherry–Don Cherry–of disliking flamboyance.

    I am sure it’s me, but certainly one of us is experiencing life as a Bearded Spock Parallel Universe.

  14. Da Hema says:

    One way to resolve the Bearded Evil Spockeian Parallel Universe paradox is to recast Boone’s statement in the following manner. Don Cherry doesn’t dislike flamboyance as such, only exhibitions of flamboyance by anyone other than himself.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  15. HardHabits says:

    Don Cherry dislikes flamboyance, unless he’s the peacock strutting his feathers, or in his case his cheap curtains made into suits.

  16. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Working to our advantage is that Iginla has a no-trade clause and if they wanna trade him to do a real re-build (which they desperately need), he can pick and choose who he will accept trades to. I’d imagine at his age he would be looking for a cup-contender. Vancouver can’t afford him and no one else is Canada seems interested in winning games. Imagine Plekanec centering Iginla and Cammalleri… a great sniper, a great grinder/goal-scorer, and a great playmaker. Definitely one of the best top lines in the league capable of combining for nearly 90-100 goals in a season.

    I’d like to keep our roster players, but if we have to give up Kostitsyn (toss in a great defensive forward like Pyatt) as part of a package, you gotta do it. I’d give up Kristo and a pick or two as well depending on what round. If it requires a first, that’d be it. Hopefully a 2012 first! ha. I can dream…

  17. Da Hema says:

    The “Orange Ontario spinster aunts.”

    Gold, my dearest Boone!


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  18. 1010 says:

    I liked Tanguays post game comments as he wasn’t about to jump on the knock Subban bandwagon.

    He said that Subban can celebrate his goal any way he wants and that he wished that it would have been his team celebrating it.

    Not what the press wanted to hear in their never ending quest for contraversy. Guess they should ask all those intelligent CBC sports journalists(?) what they thought of PKs celebration.

    GO HABS…

  19. moser17 says:

    Quick question:  Who got the W from last night, Auld or Carey?  Is it Auld, since he started and wasn’t losing before being pulled? Or it is Carey for finishing in goal? 

  20. RGM says:

    The answer, as it often is to many questions, is Carey Price.

    He was the goaltender in net when the winning goal was scored, therefore he gets credited with the win. If they had pulled Auld after the third goal and the Habs won 4-3 Auld would have got the win.

    Go Habs Go!

  21. HardHabits says:

    Hahaha. I love it. I said the same thing, or close to it, a few days ago. PK and Price are modernizing the Habs. Good stuff Mr. Boone.

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